The A Team, his debut single, and one of Ed's most widely loved songs was inspired by a girl he met when he did a gig at a homeless shelter, somewhere between the years of 2007 and 2010.

The girl's name was Angel, which is where the line "It's too cold outside for angels to fly." Though you often see quotes from this song written on top of pictures of snow, it's about how cold/cruel the world is, keeping her a better life; The commonly quoted "white lips, pale face, breathing in the snowflakes" is actually talking about cocaine

The girl in the song is a cocaine addict who works as a prostitute to survive. The line "She's in the class A team." is about the 'Class A' drugs controlled by the UK Misuse of Drugs Acts. Another drug reference is in the beautiful line "And in the pipe she flies to the motherland, or sells love to another man." She has a choice to sell her body to survive, or fly to the motherland. If she is an angel, her motherland would be heaven.

The plot of the song consists of a young prostitute who suffers from abuse and drug addiction and becomes weaker throughout the song, and then dies at the end. These words in the chorus of the song represent her struggles that she has had in life and that others have said about her.
'The worst things in life come free to us':
This shows that the girl has undergone abuse/threat/fear and considers these the 'worst things in life'. By saying they 'come free', it shows that she doesn't have a choice and it is least desirable. It also displays irony as the prostitution industry includes the trading of money- however she feels these things are worse.
'Cos we're just under the upper hand'.
This can signify her class, showing that the middle class have the 'upper hand' and control her. It can also show that there is always a chance of just getting abused by what is more powerful than you.
'And go mad for a couple grams'.
This shows her desire to get high and how her addiction takes over her life and decisions

Kelly Ann xoxo